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India outplays Sri Lanka: Matthews's ton in vain.

Sunday, July 7, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments
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Sri Lanka opt to bat

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga
Thisara Perera replaced Jeffrey Vandersay

India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit

Kuldeep Replaced Chahal
Jadeja Replaced Shami

On the 4th ball of the 4th over, Bumrah picked up the Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunarathne as his 100th ODI wicket in just his 57th match, One match higher than Shami who reached the same milestone in his 56th match . Karunarathne fell prey to Dhoni -Bumrah combination in an urge to cut a close delivery and vanished for 10(7) 2x4.

In the first ball of the 8thover,, Unexpected bounce generated by Bumrah got the better of Kusal Perera, Took the edge and went through to Dhoni safely , Eventhough Kusal had 3 fours in his 18, The remaining runs plus the dismissal took him a total of eleven more deliveries including a drop chance (By Kuldeep ) due to a confusion between Kuldeep and Hardik
Jadeja struck in the fourth ball of the eleventh over, (Which was also his first ) As Dhoni completed a vintage stumping to send Kusal Mendis off for 3 off 13.

Exactly six balls later, The in form, Avishka Fernando was sent back by Hardik Pandya with Dhoni affecting yet another dismissal behind the stumps. Avishka had four boundaries in his run a ball 20 before getting dismissed on the 21st ball he faced. A slower ball bouncer and a catch diving forward outsmarted the batsman on that occasion.

Sri Lanka was in deep trouble at that juncture at 55/4. Then, The experienced Matthews continued his good run alongside a solid Thirimanne. After a well-compiled stand of 124 runs, Kuldeep separated the duo in the 5th ball of the 38th over by inducing an outside edge off the bat and the ball eventually got towards backward point and Jadeja did what he does best. Thirimanne's calm 53(68) 4x4, Finally came to an end.

Then, With the assistance of Dhananjaya De Silva, Matthews was the dominant partner in another partnership of 74 runs. When the score was 253/5 in the 49th over, Matthews fell in the second ball as the 3rd wicket for Bumrah, As he drilled it straight to cover (Rohit Sharma in an attempt to accelerate. Eventually, the knock of 113 off 128 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes, Became his 3rd century in ODIs, All of those against India, Which was preceded by 139 at Mohali, 2014 and an unbeaten 111 at Ranchi, 2017. Matthews found himself dropped when he was on 61 when Bhuvaneshwar spilt a chance at wide long on by virtue of the momentum of his own movement.

Exactly 6 balls later, Bhuvaneshwar picked up his only wicket, Thisara Perera 2(3) by virtue of a "Scamper and dive " screamer by Hardik Pandya in the long off region.

Sri Lanka's innings came to a close with a score of 264/7 in the allotted 50 overs. With a target of 265 (One run more than the individual best of Rohit Sharma and therefore a world record ) , to complete the round robin phase with what could be the 7th win in 8 completed matches, India's openers were determined right from the word go ,and they eventually got past their third century partnership in the tournament and the fourth for India . Previously Dhawan and Rohit put up a stand of 127(22.1 ) against Australia. When Rahul replaced Dhawan as an opener, He stood with Rohit in establishing 136 run partnership in 23.5 overs Vs Pakistan at Manchester and a 180 run partnership vs Bangladesh at Birmingham in 29.2 overs

When the score reached 183/0 in 29 overs, Rohit had reached a record 5th ton in one world cup tournement, With a typical pull in front of square off Kasun Rajitha. It was his 3rd ton in a row, His 27th in ODIs and a staggering 6th ton in Worldcups,

A joint best with Sachin Tendulkar.He also has a 50+ score in the tournament (57 off 70, 3x4 1x6 vs Australia at the oval.

The huge partnership of 189 was broken in the 1st delivery of the 31st over as Rohit Sharma hit a premature drive straight to Mid -Off (Matthews ) off the bowling of Rajitha in a pitched up delivery. The 94 -Ball 103 had 14 fours and 2 sixes in it.

In the first ball of the 39th Over, KL Rahul reached his first century of this tournament, Which is ironically only his second since the one he got in his debut match vs Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe on the 11th of June 2016.

When Rahul touched the landmark, A record was created

Both openers scoring 100+ in a WC innings
U Tharanga (133) & T Dilshan (144) v Zim Pallekele 2011
U Tharanga (102*) & T Dilshan (108*) v Eng Colombo 2011
Rohit Sharma (103) & KL Rahul (100*) v SL Leeds 2019

Eventually, Malinga's short delivery got Rahul backing away and also induced the edge to the keeper Kusal Perera and Rahul's innings of 111 ended off the 118th delivery he faced. His innings had 11 fours and a six . The second wicket fell at 244 in the last ball of the 41st over.Malinga thereby took his 56th World cup wicket to surpass Wasim Akram in the distinguished list of record holders in this faucet in the tournament

Soon after Rishabh Pant hit a boundary, But was trapped LBW by Udana to ultimately be given out after a review . The third wicket fell at 253.

In the 3rd ball of the 44th over, An outside edge from the bat of Pandya offUdana, Ensured a 7 wicket victory margin for India with 39 balls to spare. This made India only the second side to chase a 250+ total, After Bangladesh's miraculous chase of 321 by scoring 323/3 in just 41.3 overs.

Virat Kohli stood unbeaten on 34 off 41 with 3 fours while Pandya was at the other end with 7(4) 1x4.

India completed the Round Robin stage with 7 wins and one defeat in their 8th completed games, While the game versus New Zealand at Nottingham got washed out. I

Rohit Sharma was adjudicated as the man of the match.

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